When you were growing up, a family member probably taught you skills like how to cook, clean, and bathe. Those skills are vital. But there are other skills that parents may not have taught because they may struggle with them themselves. And the importance of life skills, such as dealing with disappointment, is much harder to teach.
But not knowing them makes life much more challenging. One reason so many people turn to drugs is to compensate for lacking skills. The addiction treatment center in Colorado has a solution!
What is the Importance of Life Skills?
People who lack life skills may have trouble relaxing, socializing, or getting their work done without a substance. They may have difficulty dealing with bad things that happened to them in the past. So they turn to drugs to ease the pain. For life skills after addiction, you’ll set aside old ways of doing things. And learn new, better, and happier ways to live and love life.
You can learn life skills at any age. And once you begin applying them, you’ll see how much easier life gets. You won’t want to go back.
The importance of life skills can ultimately be found in the way we face challenges and overcome them. And it’s in how we connect with those around us in meaningful ways. And even though it takes time and practice to get it right, you’ll quickly see the progress you make when you apply these tools of life.
Have you tried to quit before? But you felt pulled in again? Know that the life skills training program in Lakewood, CO makes a difference.
10 Life Skills You’ll Learn in Recovery
Once you see the types of skills you learn in treatment, the importance of life skills becomes clearer. You’ll explore techniques like:
- Conflict resolution, how to handle everything from simple disagreements to potential fights
- Managing emotions, listening to feelings and using your feelings as the powerful tools they are as well as processing emotions related to past traumas
- Eating and exercising for mental and physical health
- Time management to meet life goals that promote health and happiness
- Knowing how to relax, socialize, and get motivated without substances
- Communicating your needs to others about things like how you feel about what they do and what you need to feel supported
- Demonstrating empathy so you can better understand how others are feeling and make considerate decisions
- Managing impulses to retake the reins of addiction by learning effective ways to redirect your attention away from drugs, negative thoughts, and dangerous habits
- Knowing when to ask for help, which is one of the hardest things do but so vital for successful recovery
- Living in the present moment as your point of power
We’re just scratching the surface here. But knowing the importance of life skills and doing something about it are two very different things. So in a treatment program, you have ample time to practice these strategies in individual therapy sessions and group sessions with your peers.
Through practice, you’ll get good at them before having to do them in real-life.
How AspenRidge Recovery Centers Supports Your Life Skills Development
Set in the serene rocky mountains, AspenRidge Recovery in Lakewood and Fort Collins, CO gives you a safe place immersed in nature. In this setting, you’ll feel revitalized and ready to develop the life skills needed for long-term recovery.
We support your personal growth and development of these skills in several settings, such as:
- Day Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
- Day Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
- AspenRidge REACH Online IOP
- IOP for Professionals and Working Adults
- Outpatient Program
- Alumni & Aftercare Program
Is your lack of life skills causing you to fall deeper into addiction? Developing these skills can help you naturally manage your addiction and your life. Through them, you can live a more joyful and fulfilling life. Contact AspenRidge Recovery Centers at (855) 281-5588 to learn more.